Bachelor star Emily Ghougassian (née Simms) has been hospitalised with a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication ahead of the birth of her second child.
Emily, who appeared on the 2015 season of the dating show, took to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday to share a photo of her hospital bed along with a concerning health update.
"Been admitted to hospital today with preeclampsia," the makeup artist wrote.
Preeclampsia is a condition where the woman’s blood pressure is high and there’s protein in the urine, which can cause damage to the kidneys, liver, brain and blood.
Emily went on to reveal that the outlook wasn't 'looking great' and admit to fearing a repeat of the experience she had giving birth to her first child.
"Things don't look great unfortunately, and all heading down the horrible path I went down last pregnancy."
Emily signed off by saying that she and her husband Pierre's second child, another baby girl, would be 'here soon'.
"It may take me a while to reply to messages from here on for a little while," she wrote.
Emily had a very difficult experience with her first pregnancy in 2019 which saw her battle severe preeclampsia and an associated condition called HELLP syndrome.
On July 3, she welcomed daughter Laila seven weeks early via emergency caesarean and was immediately rushed to a critical care unit where she stayed for three days.
Weighing just over 2kg, Laila, now 21 months old, fell into the premature category and also required treatment in the ICU and later the special care nursery.
Newborn Laila remained at the hospital after Emily was discharged. At the time, Emily shared an Instagram Story saying that she still felt "pretty crappy" but was "on the mend”.
The proud mum included a sweet snap of her bub in a white romper and with what looked like a breathing tube.
“Our beautiful little Laila is doing so well, she's out of the isolette now, breathing on her own and maintains a good body temperature,” Emily added.
An isolette is a clear plastic enclosed crib that maintains a warm environment for a new baby and isolates them from germs.
“Hopefully will have her home in a couple of weeks. She's actually the sweetest little thing,” she gushed.
A day before she gave birth to Laila, Emily told her Instagram followers that she had been admitted to hospital on June 28 after “feeling like death.”
Her illnesses prevented her from attending her own baby shower — which her husband, real estate agent Pierre, went to instead of her.
“After being in hospital now with diagnosed pre-eclampsia since Friday last week, feeling like death, not being able to make it to my baby shower last Sunday, and just trying to keep her in for a bit longer, it's been emotionally and physically really difficult (to say the least),” she wrote at the time.
What is Preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication where the woman’s blood pressure is high and there’s protein in the urine, which can cause damage to the kidneys, liver, brain and blood.
According to Victoria’s Better Health channel, it affects around five to eight per cent of pregnancies in Australia - and in some rare cases, it can be deadly.
Mothers-to-be with preeclampsia often develop HELLP syndrome which stands for haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelet count.
According to the Preeclampsia foundation, “HELLP syndrome can be difficult to diagnose, especially when high blood pressure and protein in the urine aren't present”.
Emily has been contacted for comment.
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